Turks Moors And Englishmen During The Age Of Discovery By Nabil Matar
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Turks Moors and Englishmen during the age of discovery, by Nabil Matar, presents the complex interactions between Muslims and Englishmen. To examine these interactions, Nabil Matar uses a variety of resources such as memoirs of captives, Arabic Chronicles, North African history, and the writings of Englishmen whom were living in Morocco and Egypt. Majority of these resources depict the negative conceptions of Native Americans that were implied on the Turks and Moors by the Englishmen. During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Englishmen were portraying the Native Americans as homosexuals, vile, and atrocious people. This negative perception made them believe that it was their moral duty to conquer and civilize these people. In order to conquer and rule over the Muslims in North Africa and Middle East, they adopted the same strategy. Matar is able to show the shifting attitude and attributes of the English in dehumanizing the once dominant Muslims of North Africa and Levant. Matar considers the importance of the English-Muslim-American triangle was in setting the platform for colonialism and racism through the writings and practices that were produced during the English Renaissance.
Turks Moors and Englishmen during the age of discovery gives is an insightful narration on how Muslims were treated as they visited England during the Elizabethan and Stuart periods. The Muslims were not refugees that were looking for work opportunities, unlike the Jews, neither were they